NCC candidate withdraws
Lu Chung-chin (呂忠津), a professor from National Tsinghua University in Hsinchu withdrew his name from consideration on Tuesday, two days after he was recommended by a panel to the Executive Yuan as one of 13 candidates to serve on the National Communications Commission (NCC). In a letter to Premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷), Lu said he regretted that several political parties had packed the list of NCC nominees with their supporters. An Executive Yuan official said the premier has not decided whether to ask the panel charged with choosing candidates for the NCC to name another person. In the wake of Lu's statement, DPP caucus whip William Lai (賴清德) yesterday condemned the pan-blue camp for dictating the NCC selection process. Lai yesterday asked pan-blue review committee members to apologize to Lu and let the independent body do its job.
Nigerian held on rape charge
A Nigerian man by the name of Aduaka Bona Chukwuma, 31, was arrested in Taoyuan County on Tuesday night on suspicion of raping a college student and was charged with sexual assault. Police said Chukwuma entered Taiwan on Aug. 13 using a tourist visa. On Aug.21 Chukwuma met a college student on the street and obtained her cell phone number by offering her free English lessons. According to the police, Chukwuma then phoned the girl several times and invited her out to dinner, but she declined. On Oct. 1 the girl called Chukwuma and asked him for an English lesson. Police said Chukwuma then took the girl to a hotel in Taipei and after they had some alcohol, Chukwuma allegedly raped the girl. The girl escaped from the hotel while Chukwuma was showering and immediately reported the matter to the police with her family.
■ China Affairs
KMT files complaint
The Mainland Affairs Council yesterday confirmed that the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) has filed a complaint about the rejection of Chen Yunlin (陳雲林), China's top Taiwan affairs official, application to visit Taiwan, in a bid to ask the government to review Chen's rejected request. Council Vice Chairman Liu Te-shun (劉德勳) said the KMT filed the complaint to the Ministry of Interior, and that the council would deal with the case in accordance with normal procedure. Chen had accepted the KMT's invitation to lead a 61-member delegation of Chinese officials from the Taiwan Affairs Office. Howver, the government rejected the delegation's application on the grounds that the Chinese government had been unwilling to negotiate with Taiwan on the group's visit schedule.
Group urges disabled review
The League of Welfare Organizations for the Disabled yesterday urged the Department of Health to include facilities for the mentally and physically disabled in their evaluations of care provided by hospitals, saying that a lack of such facilities was a threat to patient safety. Eva Teng (騰西華), General Secretary of the Alliance for the Mentally Ill of the ROC, Taiwan, said, "The current focus of patient safety is on the process of medical treatment, but a ramp which is too steep can also cause accidents." Secretary General of the League of Welfare Organizations for the Disabled Shieh Tung-ru (謝東儒) urged hospitals to make more provisions for an obstacle-free environment, saying this was especially important.